Today is the shortest day of the year for the southern hemisphere. “Around 6:30pm tonight the sun is the furthest away from New Zealand” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “That means today is our shortest day and tonight is our longest night”. That is why the winter solstice is June 21 and 22.
“Although this is the official start to winter and the coldest weather will now start, take comfort in the fact that as of tomorrow each day will start to get a little bit longer!”